Hollywood Notebook: Masterfully Raw and Intimate

By Zachary Jensen

From: Cultural Weekly


51Q17a3LAtL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Wendy C. Ortiz’ first memoir, Excavation (Future Tense Books 2014), was a compelling book that dealt with the misuse of trust that was perpetrated when her private school teacher embarked on a relationship with her when she was only thirteen. Although she had plenty of publishing credits under her belt prior, this was her first official book, and quite the book it was. One year later, this nonfiction writer, poet, and essayist is presenting us with her latest endeavor Hollywood Notebook, which was published by Los Angeles based Writ Large Press in the summer of 2015.

The book, which is a memoir of sorts, chronicles Ortiz’s life during her early thirties, living in Hollywood, CA, which for someone who is just entering this stage of life, I can assure you that the concept of having your life all figured out at this point is a myth, making for plenty of material to draw on. Similarly, Ortiz is dealing with the issues of trying to figure her self out, working jobs she does not necessarily enjoy, and managing her way through the trials and tribulations of love in both the sense of sabotaging it or trying to embrace it; all the while, she is trying to carve out time for her real passion of reading and writing. After only a few pages in, it is obvious just how personal the text is. Read Rest Of Article Here


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